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Erin Phillips and Paul Phillips.

Toronto, James Lorimer, c1983.
(Canadian Issues).
205pp, paper, $4.95.
ISBN 0-88862-607-X.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by Jacqueline Foerter.

Volume 11 Number 5.
1983 September.

Paul Phillips, a professor of economics, and Erin Phillips, a religious studies and history graduate, have combined talents to produce the latest in the series of books commissioned by this publisher to give information on key issues in Canada. The authors discuss the subject of women in the work force in a well-organized, carefully researched, easy-to-read manner.

Women and Work commences with an historical perspective, looking at the unpaid support work of women on the farm and in the home. The topic of housework is not dealt with extensively; however, Penny Kome's Somebody Has To Do It* covers that particular area very well. Much evidence, supported by tables of statistics, is submitted by the authors of continuing sexual-based job discrimination and lower wage scales for women. Although improvements have been made in average female incomes, in numbers of women in positions of responsibility, and in laws affecting women, the social attitudes toward the role of women have not changed significantly and seem unlikely to change much in the near future. Concluding with proposals for change, the authors suggest implementation of affirmative action programs, pension and union reform, improved family law legislation and day care, and, in general, a change in the system itself.

Women and Work will be a valuable tool for women's studies, family studies, life skills, sociology, and history courses. A thought-provoking study of problems faced by women in the past, present, and future.

*Reviewed vol. X/3 1982 p.158.

Jacqueline Foerter, Brantford C. I. & V. S., Brant ford, ON
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